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Doxycycline (the same antibiotic they tried the first time) for 45 days; then you give him nothing for 14 days; then he’s back on the Doxycycline for 45 days; and then a 14 day break again. You repeat this cycle two more times after all symptoms of the disease are gone. If your vet won’t prescribe these two antibiotics, then find a vet who will,” the doctor advised Belinda.

Since they were still in the three-week waiting period to perform the spinal tap, Belinda and Mary Alice had to make an important decision. Should they postpone the spinal tap and start Dr. Corson’s recommended treat- ment? It was a gamble they both were willing to take.

Progress At Last!

They proceeded with the first treatment Dr. Corson rec- ommended and, using a catheter, they gave him the 30 day treatment of Oxytetracycline four times daily. Then after the first week of Doxycyline (fed as pills in his

“If your vet won’t prescribe these two antibiotics, then find a vet who will.”

feed), Belinda began to ride Sir and, other than being out of shape, his attitude seemed really good. “Later when we began the 14 day break in treatment though, the fourth day he started dribbling urine again and I felt an attitude starting to resurface,” says Belinda. She immediately contacted Dr. Corson who advised that Sir would need to stay on the Doxycycline indefinitely along with a daily supplement of probiotics.

Fast forward to a year later and the stallion has been feeling great ever since. “He’s still on the Doxycycline, and it’s been a full year of careful reconditioning, espe- cially since some of his muscling had atrophied,” explains Belinda. “But little by little his strength is returning, and more importantly, he’s totally happy working again.”

Will Sir Sinclair ever make it into the Grand Prix show ring? Familiar with the amount of strength required for Grand Prix, Belinda has no expectations. “This disease has taken its toll on Sir. My other Grand Prix horse that had Lyme could never regain that level of strength again, so I don’t know if Sir will get there. But even if it’s remotely possible, I can count on Sir to give it 150%.”

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Sir and Belinda are back in work in 2008 and 2009 after 1 1/2 years of battling Lyme. Photos by Bill Wertman.

Zatino (Sir Sinclair x Equador x Normand) owned and ridden by Emily Gershberg, National Reserve Champion for 4 Year Olds greets his half brother Ziggouras-Tar (Sir Sinclair x Krack C x Amethist) owned by Iron Spring Farm ridden by Alex Robertson, who placed 4th in the 4 Year Old championship. Photo by Bill Wertman.

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